UNOPS and SFD inaugurate Shahgram Bridge in Madyan Swat, KPK
SWAT (10 June 2015) -The United nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) officially opened the newly constructed, Shahgram Bridge in Madyan, Swat of the Kyber Pakhtunkwa Province. A three-member delegation from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia representing the Saudi Fund for Development, unveiled the bridge.
The first in a series of eight bridges, Shahgram Bridge was built by UNOPS in partnership with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa. Funded by The Saudi Fund for Development, the pedestrian bridge stretches over 134 feet in length and was constructed to withstand flooding. The bridge connects Shahgram along with seven sub-villages to the main market of Madyan. The bridge will benefit approximately 1,500 households and 12,000 people of the region.
The inauguration ceremony was led by the chief guest, Kifayat Ullah Khan, Commissioner of the Malakand Division, together with Mr. Saeed A Al Ghamdi, Head of Projects the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad Abbas Khan, Project Manager UNOPS, Azad Khan Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Malakand and Muhammad Kamran Khan, Assistant Commissioner Bahrain. Also in attendance were provincial dignitaries, district authorities and community members.
Terming it a praiseworthy work, Mr. Kifayat Ullah said that the local government and administration will extend their full support to UNOPS, SFD and other similar organizations for the development of the region.
Addressing the ceremony, Saeed A. AlGhamdi said that by building this flood resilient bridge UNOPS has paved the path for the economic development of the region and therefore, Saudi government will always be there for the support in matters of the kind.
“Shahgram Bridge is not just a milestone for your community but also a milestone for UNOPS. It is an honour to be part of the Swat Valley’s path to recovery”, said Mr. Abbas.
UNOPS is providing infrastructure services for the rehabilitation of eight pedestrian bridges and two irrigation channels, servicing 25,000 acres of land in Kalam and Swat. The project aims to revive social and economic activity to the district that was severely affected, following the devastating floods in 2010.